The leader insisted he was in a “positive frame of mind” about the currency’s long-term future.
“The euro as a currency was never in danger,” he told Belgian radio station RTBF. It “remains a strong currency”.
Van Rompuy stressed the difficulty of his own role, attempting to find a common position among the 27 EU members.
“It is never easy,” he said, though he maintains good relations with both the French and German governments.
However, “I have invested a lot and have good relationships with the other 25 heads of state and governments.”
Nonetheless, he did concede that the crisis is not yet over.
“We have a crisis of sovereign debt in some Eurozone countries and we have to prioritise solutions for those countries first,” he said.
“We had hoped we would have found solutions much faster – our solutions were a little too weak, but in most cases they took us in the right direction.”
“Eventually, we will put this crisis behind us.”